In a world where the demand for oversized sunglasses and large-print versions of Jamie Farr's autobiography is continually increasing, the production of miniature worlds is crucial to maintaining harmony. Behold this balancing act with today's Groupon: for $5, you get two tickets to The Great American Dollhouse Museum (up to a $14 value) in Danville. Children under 4 are admitted for free.
The Great American Dollhouse Museum houses hundreds of miniature buildings and citizens in a newly renovated 6,000-square-foot historical building, with high arched ceilings and an immense skylight. Curator Lori Kagan-Moore's vision for the museum is that each historical piece and scene be as authentic as possible. The exhibit begins with a timeline of U.S. history rendered in miniatures and moves to a village set in the early 1900s. The mini-land features a Shaker settlement, gypsy caravan, orphanage, and more, filled with characters wearing period-accurate clothing and interacting with period-accurate cell phones. The dollhouses are kind enough to leave their backs open so museum-goers can peek at the décor, dolls, and salivating grizzly bears. The museum concludes with a fantasy forest, complete with fairies, centaurs, and dragons.
Facilities include the playroom where children can interact with a fully furnished dollhouse scene, as well as a classroom that holds workshops for visitors to try their hand at the art of crafting miniatures. In addition, visitors can attend educational events, discussions, and historical film viewings shown in the present or visit the miniatures store.